From medical astrology to medical astronomy: sol-lunar and planetary theories of disease in British medicine, c. 1700–1850

@article{Harrison2000FromMA,
  title={From medical astrology to medical astronomy: sol-lunar and planetary theories of disease in British medicine, c. 1700–1850},
  author={Mark Harrison},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={33},
  pages={25 - 48}
}
  • M. Harrison
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
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